A Conversation with Peter Walker, author of an important, brand new book: How Cycling Can Save the World. In this book, Walker shows the close relationship between infrastructure and the way people get about. Therefore, to create mass cycling you need to create a conducive built environment. Walker discusses bike helmets and high visibility clothing; the misuse of the word accident; roadside intimidation; cycling activism; older people and cycling; business objections to cycling; bike share programs; and the role played by La Monde à Bicyclette and Vélo Quebec in the transformation of Montreal.
Build it and They Will Come: Key Principles for Building a Cyclist-Friendly Community
Excerpt from an important, brand new book: How Cycling Can Save the World by Peter Walker. In this book, Walker shows the close relationship between infrastructure and the way people get about. Therefore, to create mass cycling you need to create a conducive built environment. The way to do this is in fact already well known – only the political will is lacking. So what’s the secret? Basically, bikes must be kept separate from motor traffic on busy roads, and the separation must be physical. “A bicycle way that is not safe for an eight-year-old is not a bicycle way.”
How to Choose the Best Waterproof Cycling Pants
This in-depth post is about how to choose great waterproof cycling pants. It explains how waterproofness and breathability work in waterproof cycling pants, and explains all aspects that you should consider to make the best choice of waterproof cycling pants.
How and WHY to Use Strava for Cycling
How to Use Strava for Cycling! Strava is a great, free app used by millions of cyclists around the world to record their bike rides, plan routes, and virtually compete against themselves and against other cyclists. It is also an amazing app in terms of all the data it collects about your rides. And apart from being a mine of information for you, there is one other reason to use Strava: by doing so, you help with real w0rld data collection about where cyclists ride, helping to create a vast database that will ultimately make cycling safer for all.
Give us safe bike routes so that EVERYONE can cycle
We need safe bike routes in every city, so that many more seniors can cycle in safety. All the money spent on cycling infrastructure would be more than made up by the money saved in the healthcare system if more seniors could safely exercise every day.
Cyclists are Inconvenienced by Motorists ALL the Time …
Critical Mass cyclists inconvenience drivers by blocking traffic during rush hour. But while Critical Mass cyclists inconvenience drivers once a month for an hour, motorists inconvenience cyclists every single minute, hour and day of the month.
Safe Cycling in London
A while ago I wrote about the proposed new East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways in London. The need for the cycle superhighways was highlighted again when a woman cyclist was “crushed” under a lorry at the busy Elephant and Castle circle. I hope that those new East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways in London get built very soon, so we can stop reading about these awful accidents. We need to have safe cycling in London, just as we need to have safe cycling in all cities.
How to to Stay Visible on your Bike cheaply with Bike Wrappers
I highly recommend that you invest in a set of Bike Wrappers – they just might save your life. Bike Wrappers make your bike much more visible in the dark, and also protect the bike frame from scratches.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Auction off Speedster’s Ferrari
I was really, really happy to read that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have auctioned off a Ferrari Scuderia confiscated from a speeding motorist in Vancouver last September. The driver of the Ferrari was doing 200 kph (124 mph) in a 65 kph (40 mph) zone. He was racing against a motorist in a BMW […]
Cyclist’s Lives Valued at $2,500?
The Manitoba courts apparently value a cyclist’s life at $2,500 – judging by a fine they recently handed down to a motorist who killed two cyclists. Motorist Ian Gibbons of Brandon struck and killed two cyclists two years ago. The victims, Robert Joseph Carrier from BC and Daniel Hurtubise from Quebec, were attempting to raise […]